There are celebrities who cook, and then there are celebrity chefs. You know, the winners of Top Chef, the stars of Food Network, the food writers who鈥檝e been given their own shows on the Travel Channel. If you鈥檙e a die-hard celebrity chef fan, no doubt you鈥檒l want these pros鈥 advice for preparing Thanksgiving dinner. Lucky for you, they鈥檙e not shy about sharing their own favorite recipes. Here are 14 celebrity chef recipes to cover your entire Thanksgiving meal, from apps to dessert.


Giada de Laurentiis' Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Tartines Thanksgiving Recipe

1. Giada de Laurentiis鈥 Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Tartines: Giada may usually make Italian fare, but she loves a good traditional American Thanksgiving. These tartines are just the right size for munching on before the big dinner. (via Popsugar)

Tyler Florence's Old-Fashioned Pimiento Cheese With Crackers and Crudit茅s Thanksgiving Recipe

2. Tyler Florence鈥檚 Old-Fashioned Pimiento Cheese With Crackers and Crudit茅s: In case you weren鈥檛 aware, crudit茅s is simply a French term for fresh vegetables. Surround this flavorful cheese appetizer with your choice of gourmet crackers and veggies to tide your guests over before dinner is served. (via Delish)

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Mario Batali's Mixed Vegetable and Farro Soup Thanksgiving Recipe

3. Mario Batali鈥檚 Mixed Vegetable and Farro Soup: This vegan soup is warming and hearty, making for a perfect first course on your dinner menu. As a bonus, it鈥檚 hearty enough to be a main course for any vegans or vegetarians in your group. (via Food and Wine)


Alton Brown's Honey Brined Smoked Turkey Thanksgiving Recipe

4. Alton Brown鈥檚 Honey Brined Smoked Turkey: Celeb chef Alton Brown recommends brining your turkey in a mixture of salt, honey and vegetable broth for about 12 hours before smoking it on the grill. Your turkey will have an AMAZING flavor and texture unrivaled by your friends鈥 boring oven-roasted turkeys. (via Food Network)

Andrew Zimmern's Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey, Stuffing and Gravy Thanksgiving Recipe

5. Andrew Zimmern鈥檚 Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey, Stuffing and Gravy: Looking for something slightly more traditional? This recipe by Andrew Zimmern recommends roasting your turkey in classic fashion. Pro tip: Try poaching the back of the bird in a shallow pot of boiling water prior to roasting, as this part of the turkey (the dark meat portion) takes slightly longer to cook than the white meat areas. (via Andrew Zimmern)


6. Ina Garten鈥檚 Roast Turkey and Gravy With Onions and Sage: When in doubt, ask yourself WWTBCD? (鈥淲hat would the Barefoot Contessa do?鈥 as Gilmore Girls revival fans probably know already.) In this recipe, Ina Garten recommends preparing your turkey with the herbaceous flavor of sage, along with fresh thyme, onion and brandy. (via Food Network)


Anthony Bourdain's Candied Sweet Potatoes With Bourbon Thanksgiving Recipe

7. Anthony Bourdain鈥檚 Candied Sweet Potatoes With Bourbon: While it may be surprising that the wonderfully seedy chef and travel writer Anthony Bourdain serves something as traditional as candied sweet potatoes at his Thanksgiving spread, it鈥檚 not surprising at all that they鈥檙e served with bourbon. Make Tony proud and sip some on the side while you prepare this delicious dish. (via Food and Wine)

Rachel Ray's Apple and Onion Stuffin' for a Stuffin' Loaf or Muffins Thanksgiving Recipe

8. Rachel Ray鈥檚 Apple and Onion Stuffin鈥 for a Stuffin鈥 Loaf or Muffins: The name of this recipe is admittedly a bit of a mouthful, but you鈥檒l want to shovel mouthfuls of this goodness into your belly. Bonus: You can make this into either one loaf or individual muffins, depending on what suits your fancy. (via Delish)


9. Gordon Ramsay鈥檚 Brussels Sprouts With Pancetta: The flavors of pancetta and chestnuts make this super yummy dish totally festive. Trust us 鈥 it actually makes Brussels sprouts taste GOOD. (via Good to Know)


10. Melissa d鈥橝rabian鈥檚 Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes: Arguably the most important part of Thanksgiving (minus the turkey, we suppose), mashed potatoes should be creamy, thick and hearty鈥 and that鈥檚 exactly how Food Network star Melissa d鈥橝rabian makes them with this recipe. Major bonus: They鈥檒l be ready to go in less than 30 minutes! (via Delish)


11. Guy Fieri鈥檚 Whiskey-Glazed Sweet Potatoes: These super yummy sweet potatoes showcase the flavors of whiskey, pecans, nutmeg and cinnamon. Pro tip: Don鈥檛 pierce these potatoes before cooking. (via Food Network)


12. Aaron Sanchez鈥檚 Chorizo and Corn Bread Stuffing: Spice things up this Thanksgiving with this drool-worthy chorizo and corn bread stuffing. It鈥檚 loaded with flavor and spice, featuring not only chorizo but also onion, garlic, cilantro, cornbread and chicken stock. (via Delish)



13. Bobby Flay鈥檚 Pumpkin Pie With Cinnamon Crunch and Bourbon-Maple Whipped Cream: Take your pumpkin pie up a notch this year with the flavors of rich bourbon, sweet maple and spicy cinnamon. Your graham cracker crust will be the icing on the cake. (Well, it鈥檒l technically be the crust, but you know鈥) (via Food Network)


14. Paula Deen鈥檚 Mom鈥檚 Apple Pie: Leave it to Paula Deen to concoct the most down-home, traditional dish on this list: good ol鈥 apple pie. You鈥檒l *only* need two sticks of butter to make this delicious dessert too. (via Paula Deen)

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